Throughout history, television has reflected what is going on in society. Currently, there is no more volatile issue than race relations and these are the best TV shows of 2016-2017 that deal with race, ranked according to your votes.
Some of the programs on this list are not just about race. Shows like Master of None and Orange Is the New Black may not delve entirely into issues of race, however, they feature themes or prominent episodes where race is explored. For example, in the second episode on the Netflix show Master of None titled “Parents,” Dev and Brian attempt to find out more about the childhood of their immigrant fathers by taking them out to dinner. It’s an hilarious half hour of television, but more importantly, it explores the wide generation gap between immigrants from poor countries juxtaposed with their American-raised, affluent children.
There are also shows on this list that explore racism as their main focus. The ABC anthology show American Crime centers on race, class, and gender within the biased American legal system. Of course, The People vs. O.J. Simpson, a fictionalized detailed deconstruction of the trial of the century, also revolves around race. The defense knew that in order to win an un-winnable case, they had to make the trail singularly about racial prejudice and injustice.